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The Animal (Special Edition) (Sous-titres français)
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Original Title: The Animal (Special Edition). Actors: Colleen Haskell - Edward Asner - John C. McGinley - Michael Caton - Rob Schneider. Director: Luke Greenfield. Format: DVD. Format Size: Fullscreen Widescreen. Runtime: 83 Mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: PG. Genre: Comedy. Release Year: 2001.
You expect cheap gags from a Rob Schneider movie, and The Animal delivers in the best possible way. Schneider plays Marvin Mange, a schlub of a police file clerk who drives off a cliff and is horribly mangled--only to wake up not only whole, but feeling better than he ever has in his life. He suddenly develops strange powers that lead to him being praised as a super cop. Unfortunately, his powers are the result of a scientist's bizarre experiment--and before long, some side effects start to take over his life. It's hard to put a finger on Schneider's appeal, but he's got something. He can get away with tasteless jokes about bestiality and bodily functions because... well... he's sort of helplessly sympathetic, and somehow this actually makes him funny. --Bret Fetzer
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After a car accident, wannabe cop Marvin (Schneider) is saved in a bizarre surgical procedure by an eccentric professor where animal parts are put into Marvin. As a result of the surgery Marvin gains animal-like physically heightened powers. Despite his newfound powers, Marvin must also now contend with his primal instincts including an insatiable hunger and an insatiable sex drive which manifest themselves with alarming frequency and at the most inconvenient times.
THE BEST SCENES:
1. Marvin's date
2. The Goat scene
3. The Orangutan fight
THE DVD Features:
Like most new DVDs, the features in "The Animal" are stacked and do not disappoint.
Among the cool things in the DVD are...
1. Feature length commentaries by Rob Schneider and director Luke Greenfield.
2. 4 deleted scenes.
3. An 8 minute feature interviewing members of both the cast and crew.
4. "What's In Marvin." More deleted footage highlighting the various animals in Marvin and his reactions to them.
5. Trailers for "The Animal," "Joe Dirt," "Big Daddy," and "Cable Guy."
6. Filmographies for Director Luke Greenfield, Rob Schneider, Coleen Haskell, Guy Torry and John C. McGinky.
Overall, "The Animal" is bound to please you. The premise may sound silly, but the actual product comes out smart and funny. Some of the humor is sophomoric of course, but is not all that bad (aside from perhaps the "suggested" bestiality) and the love story elements of the movie along with the mystery at the end are nice surprise. The DVD features are a nice touch.
In all, this is an overall nice package.
Robb Schneider plays a guy that works for the police department's crime evidence department because he could never pass the physical exam to become a real police officer. Because of this he is made fun of by his peers. When he gets into a car accident a crazy scientist puts animal parts into him giving him animal traits and this causes him to have bad experiences with other people. This plot is what works around the old cliche and it actually makes for a fun-filled movie watching experience.
The reason that I am giving this film just four stars is because the movie is very far fetched and is nothing that takes place in this comedy is unlikely to ever happen. However, this movies shows how one person can overcome all the odds, even if by physical means, to finally get what he or she really deserves. The movie also has a bit of romance that is very light and is brought on in a comical way. These things will make viewers of this film appreciate this film on an emotional level as well as a level for the comedy.
This film is great comedy because Robb Schneider is in it. Schneider is one of the top comic actors in filmmaking today and because of him this film really shines. "The Animal" is a must for a fan of Robb Schneider or for anyone that is looking for a comedy that will keep you laughing. This is a fun film that is worth seeing.
Why??? Because when he received new organs and such from his freaky surgery, the organ donors were animals! The animal parts inside him are making him a better cop....but there are also some side effects. Marvin needs to deal with his "animal sub-conscious" before it ruins his chances with his dream girl, Rianna, and before it gets him kicked off the police force-- after all, we can't stand for cops who pee on fire hydrants and chase cats up trees can we? No.
Overall the movie was quite enjoyable. Rob Schneider is comical and the other cast members (including the animals!) really help dole out the laughs too. Colleen Haskell (a former Survivor castaway) had a respectable debut in this movie but I don't think the part was much of a stretch for her, it just wasn't a very demanding role. It's not that hard for a cutie-pie to be a cutie-pie. She was cute and super sweet and that's all she had to do...sit there and look cute. Not too hard to do...you know what I mean???
One last thought....Rob Schneider basically played a monkey-man (well, more like a cat/dog man). I wonder if he was the first actor they thought of for the role. Doesn't it seem like Brendan Fraser would have been the obvious choice?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This would be the rating of the teens in the house... Easy watching, funny and fun. Nothing to complain about... The classic SNL type stuff that got Rob Schneider started.Published on Jan. 14 2013 by Erika Novak
I saw "Animal 2", which I enjoyed, so I thought I'd give the prequel a look. It was an o.k. film, if you like stories about the generational gap between a father and his son. Read morePublished on April 8 2010 by Thomas Maye
a good example of Schneider's talent. My fave of his movies next to The Hot Chick.Published on July 18 2004 by David Lew Cooper
Yeah, this movie is kind of dumb, but that's what makes is so great. No, it's not going to be a masterpiece of the silver screen. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Amazon Customer
If you didn't throughly understand my headline let me reiterate... THIS MOVIE IS AWFUL!
Propbably one of the worst movies I've ever seen! I didn't even laugh once! Read more
its a comedy with a hot gunbarrell pointed to your head begging for a good shot, this is what it was like fot me, good awful and my head hurt. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003 by Michael Bolts
my fave rob schnieder took a backwards step with this so / so movie. funny but flawed.Published on July 9 2003 by jj
I have enjoyed his other movie, the Deuce Bigalow, but this one, the Animal, was slightly dissapointing to me. Especially one thing, the car accident, was too unrealistic. Read morePublished on March 7 2003 by tomaso68